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Aphid Control

Aphidius Aphidius colemani

Aphidius is a small wasp (1/8″) and is known to be very efficient in the biological control of aphids. Aphidius hunts for individual aphids throughout the crop.

 

Aphid Midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza

Aphid Midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza
Sometimes called a ‘midge larvae’ or ‘aphid midge’, this tiny aphid predator is native to the northern parts of North America and Europe.

 

 

 

Lacewings Chrysopa carnea

At 80° F, the green Lacewing eggs will hatch in about 4 days. They hatch with a voracious appetite. In fact, they are so hungry, they often resort to cannibalism if there is no other food source available. Lacewing larvae will attack almost any soft-bodied insect. They feed upon small worms, insect eggs, mites, immature whiteflies, etc. However, the larvae are best known for attacking aphids and each is capable of killing 30 to 50 aphids per day.

Lady Bugs

Ladybugs Hippodamia convergens
Ladybugs are probably the most universally known beneficial insect. They are found nearly everywhere and are regarded by many gardeners and farmers as a sign of general well being in the insect complex. They are usually most successful at aphid control, but also eat mites, scales, mealybugs and a whole host of other soft-bodied insects. Ladybugs hibernate in the Winter months and also tend to go inactive during the hottest parts of the Summer.

Thanks to Hydro-Gardens for pictures and info